Exploding Music Box

Hello Crafters

Well here is the exploding box I promised to share with you. This was purely a make that I had in my head and wanted to get the idea out, as it was getting in the way of future creations ūüôā

The finished box is around 12 cm sq, so not as tall as my usual boxes, but hopefully just as good. It’s a bit different as I love these Visible Image Music stamps. I did purchase the Tonic Studios Rococo Guitar die for this project, but due to the size, it ended up as a brilliant topper!

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So here goes, there is quite a bit used in this little box but all worth it!



  • Papermill -300 gsm White Card
  • Range – 235 gsm Silver Mirra Card
  • Patterned card for guitar from stash.
  • Clear acetate


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  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Sing – Seedless Preserves, Victorian Velvet, Broken China
    • Rock Out – Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple
    • Jazz It Up – Squeezed Lemonade, Stormy Sky, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron
    • Play It Loud – Mowed Lawn, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord
    • Outer – Pumice Stone
    • Wall – Fired Brick
    • Floor –¬†Walnut Stain
  • Memento:
    • Guitar – Love letter, Tuxedo Black
  • Kaleiacolor:
    • Sing – Berry Blaze
    • Jazz – Riviera
    • Trumpet – Spectrum
    • Outer¬†– Spectrum

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  • Versafine:
    • Characters – Onyx Black, Majestic Blue
  • Embossing Folder

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  1. To make the box
    1. You can follow the guide from here but use 6 pieces of card:
    2. 4 for the sides – 14 cm x 14 cm (5.5″ x 5.5″), score at 2 cm (0.79″) and cut corner of each side of the tab to fit all four tabs on bottom when glued.
    3. 2 for the bottom – 12 cm x 12 cm (4.7″ x 4.7″) to strengthen and cover the tabs glued on the bottom.
  2. To make the lid:
    1. cut 1 no 18.2 cm x 18.2 cm (7.2″ x 7.2″) (Please measure the inches to be accurate to fit the box, as these conversations are rounded).
    2. Score at 3 cm (1.2″) each side and notch out the flaps. Glue flaps to form lid.
    3. Cut 1 no white card 12 cm x 12 cm (4.7″ x 4.7″), and emboss with brick folder, and distress with pumice stone ink.
    4. Cut 1 no 11.5 cm x 11.5 cm (4.5″ x 4.5″) silver mirra card and mount white emboss card. Mount this onto the lid.
    5. Cut 4 no pieces of mirra card 11.5 cm x 2.5 cm (4.5″ x 0.98″).
    6. Cut 4 no pieces white card 11 cm x 2 cm (4.3″ x 0.79″) and emboss with brick folder. Mount onto silver mirra strip. Mount onto box lid sides.
    7. Cut out 2 no guitar pieces, 1 in silver mirra card, the other in patterned card of choice. Push out a few elements to mix n match to contrast guitar sections.
    8. Cut 1 guitar die cut from double sided adhesive, peel one side and stick onto the back of silver guitar. Mount the patterned pieces into the empty sections with the patterned card. Next peel and stick the patterned card onto the back and fill with the remaining pieces. Mount this onto the lid with 2 no very small clear acetate tabs across the center.
    9. Cut with silver mirra card the Happy Birthday sentiment and glue to lid.
  3. Decorating the box:
  4. Cut 9 no 11.5 cm x 11.5 cm (4.5″ x 4.5″) Silver Mirra card.
  5. Cut 9¬†no 11 cm x 11 cm (4.3″ x 4.3″) White Card. These will be the panels that you work on to form the backgrounds. Colour and decorate as desired.
  6. Using 1 of the white panels, stamp with the hardwood floor using walnut stain ink and mount onto one of the silver mirra cards. Cut in half diagonally.
  7. Stamp in onyx black Versafine ink and fussy cut all five characters from Visible Image stamps, stamp the drummer again in Majestic Blue Versafine and fussy cut.
  8. Stamp on white card using Kaleidacolor ink the sentiments with each character and cut out using desired die. Decorate as desired.
  9. Cut a piece of white card 17.2 cm x 13 cm (6.8″ x 5.1″) and stamp the brick wall with fired brick distress ink, both sides, leaving 1 cm white space at the bottom. Cut out section in center. Score across the white area at the bottom and cut in two equal places, Exploding Box Wall Guide.
  10. Die cut 2 no party music in silver mirra card and glue to brick wall.
  11. Attach mount tabs to the box floor. Attach the diagonal sections of floor tight against the wall with 3mm sticky pads. This will be the wall support.
  12. Attach both drummers, one either side of the wall with clear acetate small tabs and glue.
  13. Mount decorated panels onto the silver mirra card and then mount onto each side as desired.

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There we are, one Exploding Music Box. Quite a bit of work, but one of a kind.

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This box is now looking for a home, so I hope I can find it a good one!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend


Kim x

A Date To Keep

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Hello Crafters

I thought I would share with you a couple of projects I made for the family. Very simple but a nice gift. I saw something similar in a magazine, and that is what gave me the idea.

It is a little calendar with a sticky note attached and a saying by patience strong. I made these for my sister-in-laws, but I think they are a nice gift for anyone. I made sure that the base size would fit into an A5 envelope so they would be easy to post, and I tried to keep the embellishments soft, so they wouldn’t be too bulky.

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I purchased a sticky pad that wasn’t too big and then measured 10 cm either side and 19 cm long. Simply choose some pretty card plain and decorative, and matt and layer. I added a sentiment from a disc I had bought from Joanna Sheen called Patience Strong Volume 1. This is no longer available there but you can get it from Amazon. There are lots of other CD’s that you could use.

It is a great way to be able to use up scraps too if you wanted to make a smaller version, by using the small cube type sticky pads.

Well I hope you have an inspiring day. I am off to make an exploding box, a theme which I haven’t done before, and I will be sharing that with you next time. Wonder if you will guess the theme for this one?

Happy Crafting


Kim x

Distress Ink Holders Update

Hello Crafters

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Just a quick update. Do you remember last year when I wrote about decorating the Distress Ink Holder? If not here’s the link Distress Ink Holder…

 Well finally I have finished with the new additional ink holder. That was very naughty of Tim to bring out new colours just as I thought I had cracked it! Anyhow I have now decorated the additional unit similar to the first one, just by using the 12 new distress inks, stamps and Mod Podge Matt Finish.

I am really pleased with the outcome too!

What have you been decorating lately?


Kim x

Pretty in Blue

Hello Crafters

How has your weekend been so far, I know that some of you have had snow, but it seems that it has completely missed us in this part of the world, thankfully, but it is bitterly cold, and this to me is a good excuse to get down to some heart warming crafting! Any excuse eh?

So today was another invention for a family members birthday and I had an idea in mind, so I set about the centre image being a flower with a random background. Easy you would think, but it does need to be a certain sort of background to work, so after a few trial and errors, this is what I came up with.



Card: White 300 gsm, White 240 gsm Hammered, Blue 240 gsm & White Spot Card 220 gsm, Vellum

Dies: SB Matting Basics A & B, Romantic Rectangles Two

Stamps: Inkylicious Summer Morn, Justrite Colourful Brush Strokes, Phill Martin Decadent Damask Birthday Verses, Do Crafts Creativity Essentials A5 Clear Stamps Traditional Sentiments

Inks: Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick Distress Inks, Memento Nautical Blue, Stazon Jet Black Ink.



N.B. Die sizes are labelled using size 1 as the smallest.

Well you can see it is a pretty straightforward card, that is simple matting and layering, and using the flower stamp as the focal image.


  1. Start with a basic white card 14.5 x 19 cm, and the reason I use this size is you only need one sheet of card to make the base card.
  2. Then using the spot card, cut a 14 x 18.5 cm layer. Place a piece of ribbon round the centre. Using nautical blue stamp sentiment in the bottom right corner. Layer onto base.
  3. Cut next layer using SB Matting Basics B Die 6 with Hammered white card. Mount using 1mm foam squares.
  4. Using Romantic Rectangles Die 4 and blue card – cut, emboss and layer onto hammered white card with 1mm foam squares.
  5. Stamp image onto white card with Nautical Blue ink, creating a stamped background first with distress inks and Justrite Colourful Brush Strokes ink splodge. Mount onto blue layer using 1mm foam pads.


Follow above but replace step 5 by cutting and embossing a piece of vellum using SB Matting Basics A Die 3 then stamp the birthday sentiment with jet black Stazon. Leave for a few minutes to dry so it doesn’t smudge. I mounted with Cosmic Shimmer Dries clear glue with tiny dots in the corner and then placed an embellishment over the corner to hide the glue spot.

There you have it a simple card but quite pretty, what do you think?


Kim x

Pet Sympathy Box

Hello Crafters

I hope you have had a peaceful weekend and that you have managed to fit in lots of crafting.

As usual, we have had a busy time, but it is always good to see the family, which in turn made me do some much needed housework and sorting out!

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Recently, my boss lost his wonderful furry companion, and I think anyone that has had a pet knows how devastating it can be. 10 years on and I still miss my old pal, but my new pal is growing and reminding me of a lot of traits my old pal had. Poor little mite just had ‘the chop’, so he is recovering from that and has given me so many scares as he was playing with the grandchildren and running around like a lunatic! I was positive he was going to burst his stitches! He seems to have healed so quickly, but he is off for a check up tomorrow to make sure.

So I thought in light of my bosses loss, it would be nice to have a keepsake, so I set about making something that would be useful, practical but also sentimental.

I have had a book type wooden box hanging around for a while waiting for the ‘right’ moment, and this was just the right thing for what I had in mind.

I painted using Bronze Acrylic Paint from The Range, and allowed to dry for about an hour. You can’t see it in the picture but it shimmers, so I didn’t put any sealant over it.

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I also didn’t want too much decoration, so using Justrite Pet Sympathy stamps, and Justrite Furry Friends stamped the ‘Faithful Friend’ sentiment and cut using SB Labels 28 Card Creator smallest die. Next stamped the small dog image, the paw, heart and bone and fussy cut, then coloured using Spectrum Noir pens. Next hole punch where indicated. I then stamped and cut the ‘Woof Woof’ sentiment. I stuck this underneath the corner, and then thread the other cut out pieces on a stretch thread intermittent with little gems. Hot glue altogether to the corner with a decorative button and flowers.

Next cut a frame using the largest SB Labels 28 Card Creator and Labels 28 largest die using gold mirra card. Using SB 5 x 7 Matting Basic A I cut the second largest die and SB Labels 28 largest die layered together with decorative spot card, to go underneath the frame, as the frame was slightly larger than the box aperture.

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I then cut a piece of spot card to go inside to line the box, and stamped with the paw border and a sentiment.

Next I added a tassel to open the box with using hot glue for a firm fixing and then added pearls on the frame corners to finish.

I hope this will help to keep all those precious things in, including photos. which can be added to the aperture.

Well I hope you like the idea, and that it gives you some inspiration to get out those things we keep tucked away, and make something special with.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Kim x